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EmilianEmiliyan Draganov is a talented photographer who presents his work in a most unusual way. He mounts his photographs on to a board which is a mixture of wood fibres and polystyrene This is a flexible material which allows him to bend and shape it so that the mount itself while enhancing the picture, is a craft in itself. Emiliyan tells me he came upon the technique quite by accident.



Born in Tutrakan, in Bulgaria, Emiliyan trained there and became a master physiotherapist. He left his county of birth 11 years ago, travelling first to mainland Spain and then settling in Fuerteventura six years ago. His love of the wide open spaces of his birthplace was renewed here on the island and he took up photography seriously here.








Using a Nikon D90 digital SLR camera and developing his photographs digitally, Emiliyan is able to capture the skies, seas and open spaces which delight him. He is particularly fascinated in the “orange light” which apparently only occurs for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. To capture these precious effects involves much patient waiting on his behalf.







A favourite place to take photographs is at the Baranco Esquinzo which is near El Cotillo, where the magnificent cliffs and open seas make wonderful subjects.




At present Emiliyan’s work can only be seen and purchased at the Campanario Artisan’s market on Sunday mornings, but he is looking for more outlets.

He takes great care in the display of his work and can be heard by the stall holders early on a Sunday morning fixing the display to his table with an ingenious method so that they are safely anchored against the sudden gusts of wind which affect the island.

Emiliyan’s work can be seen on his web-site at

He can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0034 697245313

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